Commercial Space

Apr 30, 2021
First mission is to send an uncrewed Orion capsule into lunar orbit.
Apr 29, 2021
The new arrivals temporarily boosted station staffing to 11 people for the first time since 2010.
Apr 27, 2021
Eutelsat Communications is buying a quarter stake in recently reborn constellation provider OneWeb for $550 million, the companies announced April 27.
Apr 26, 2021
Bye’s electric twin; In-orbit debris monitoring; New LEO use; Decarbonizing Europe’s skies; and Furanics for SAF.
Apr 21, 2021
While Ariane 6 is overcoming the last technical hurdles, reusability demonstration programs are making progress.
May 12, 2021
Rocket Lab is poised to conduct the first of two additional tests of Electron launch vehicles specially modified for reusability which, if successful, could pave the way for the first mid-air recovery of a booster for re-use as early as next year.
May 11, 2021
Virgin Galactic said electromagnetic interference (EMI) issues which stalled sub-orbital tests of its SpaceShipTwo Unity have been resolved but added that the spaceplane’s return to flight could be further delayed by a newly discovered maintenance issue on Eve, the company’s WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft.
May 10, 2021
Voyager Space Holdings, the rapidly expanding umbrella startup for new-space companies, has acquired the majority stake in X.O. Markets and its major subsidiary Nanoracks, which recently launched the commercial Bishop airlock to the International Space Station (ISS).
May 06, 2021
Boeing and NASA plan to conduct an uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 of the Starliner CST-100 crew capsule at 2:53 p.m. EDT on July 30, pending range approval, the company said May 6.
May 05, 2021
Blue Origin plans to send human crewmembers to suborbital space for the first time on July 20 on its New Shepard rocket, the company said in a May 5 statement.
May 04, 2021
Launch vehicle developer Firefly Aerospace has raised $75 million in a Series A venture capital round, the Los Angeles startup announced May 4, while seed investor Noosphere Ventures sold $100 million of its holdings to investors on the sideline.
May 04, 2021
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center May 4 on its 26th mission delivering small Starlink internet connectivity satellites in low Earth orbit.
May 04, 2021
Startup Eta Space is to demonstrate technologies for propellant depots in space under a NASA contract to build a test payload for launch into low Earth orbit in late 2023 on a Rocket Lab Photon satellite.